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'The Learning': Foreign Teachers, U.S. Classrooms

For years, American schools have recruited schoolteachers from the Philippines. In a new documentary called, The Learning, filmmaker Ramona Diaz follows four of those teachers on their journey from the Philippines to classrooms in Baltimore.
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The Real Birdwatchers Behind Hollywood's 'Big Year'

On Weekend Edition Sunday, a story of feathers and film as a real-life birdwatcher tells some of the stories behind the new film The Big Year.
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Being Bartman: 'Catching Hell' Tells Cubs Fan's Story

Steve Bartman deflected a foul ball during a playoff game in 2003. The Chicago Cubs went on to lose that game, and Bartman's fellow fans vilified him. A new documentary asks whether Bartman can forgive those fans for making him a scapegoat.
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Remakes Rethink: Is Hollywood Really Out Of Ideas?

It's been a big year for Hollywood remakes — more than a dozen, not counting sequels. But is that always a bad thing? Critic Bob Mondello points out that painters, musicians and playwrights get new mileage out of old ideas — and argues that filmmakers often do too.
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The Sikh Religion, Through The Camera Lens

The 8th Annual Sikh International Film Festival is a two-day event that aims to raise awareness about the Sikh faith and community. Despite tens of thousands of adherents living in the U.S., Americans know very little about the faith, and often associate Sikhs with Muslims. Michel Martin speaks with film festival chair Paul Johar.
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Twain Humor Award Honors Comedian Will Ferrell

Comedian Will Ferrell will receive the 14th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this month at the Kennedy Center. The comedian became famous as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and went on to star in movies such as Old School and Elf.
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The Dancing Is Hotter In 'Footloose' 2011

As long as daughters pout when fathers proclaim, "I don't want you to see that boy," Footloose will endure. As long as kids want to dance and Hollywood wants to profit from that passion, it will do more than endure. It will be remade.

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